COVID-19 Updates SA: 14 December 2020

Changes to Public Activity Direction for Healthcare:


  • Masks must be worn up until 23 December 2020, in defined health care, residential care, and disability support or aged are services. Pharmacists have now been removed from the list and masks are not required to be work if attending a pharmacy.
  • A full list of these services can be found in Schedule 2 of the Direction:
  • Masks that cover a person’s nose and mouth are required to be worn in Health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services by all people including: care providers, patients, clients, residents, admin and other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors and any other person when they are in the presence of other people. Exceptions do apply and can be found in the Direction.


Changes to the Residential Aged Cared Direction:

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 16) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 17) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect at 12.01am Monday 14 December 2020.

This Direction has updated the visiting limitations for Residential Aged Care Facilities, ability to work at several facilities and mask requirements. The contents of the previous Direction are largely still in place.

The following changes have been made to the Residential Aged Care Direction in South Australia:

  • There are no longer restrictions in place in relation to the number of visits a person is allowed on a particular day.
  • A personal care worker is permitted to work at several facilities; however, it is still strongly advised where possible that workers only remain employed at one site. Where employees, contractors and volunteers are working at an additional place of employment they must notify the Residential Aged Care Facility operator and must advise if any COVID-19 case is identified at that additional place of employment.
  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth are currently required to be worn at Residential Aged Care Facilities. This requirement ceases on the 23 December 2020.


Important update to COVID-Safe Check-In:

From Monday 14 December, retail stores will be required to keep a record of everyone who enters their stores – staff and customers. This includes supermarkets, department stores, hardware stores and general retail stores.

Stores must display a QR code and people are required to check in upon entry.

COVID SAfe Check-In is quick and easy to use:

  • Download the mySA GOV app
  • Select the COVID Safe Check-In tile at the bottom of the app’s homepage
  • Follow the prompts to scan the QR code upon entry
  • Check in

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